Engage in reducing trash!

The Life of Trash project is dedicated to help citizens and communities to better understand the invisible waste structure in which we live.

A Landfill Near You

Our country is populated with sanitary landfills, but where are they? By using the Environmental Protection Agency's MSW permit database, this map plots all of the landfills in the country starting with the ones closest to you.

Public Lab

The Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science (Public Lab) is a community which develops and applies open-source tools to environmental exploration and investigation. By democratizing inexpensive and accessible Do-It-Yourself techniques, Public Lab creates a collaborative network of practitioners who actively re-imagine the human relationship with the environment.

NYC Department of Sanitation

The New York City Department of Sanitation contains large amounts of information about how to properly dispose of waste. Navigating through these resources is the first step to better understand the trash system in New York City and how to actively participate in that system.

Trash Collection Schedule

The New York City Department of Sanitation and NYC.gov have created a simply way for residents to view their trash collection and recycling schedule. Simply enter your building number, street name and borough to get your trash collection schedule.

Plan NYC

Released in 2007, PlaNYC was an unprecedented effort undertaken by Mayor Bloomberg to prepare the city for one million more residents, strengthen our economy, combat climate change, and enhance the quality of life for all New Yorkers. The Plan brought together over 25 City agencies to work toward the vision of a greener, greater New York. Since then, we have made significant progress towards our long-term goals.

The Story of Fresh Kills

For over 50 years, Fresh Kills Landfill was the primary landfill for the city of New York and grew to be over three times the size of Central Park. In 2009 the landfill was closed and is now the site of a mulit-phase 30 year plan to transform the site into a public park.

Trash | Track

Elaborated by the SENSEable City Lab and inspired by the NYC Green Initiative, TrashTrack focuses on how pervasive technologies can expose the challenges of waste management and sustainability. Can these same pervasive technologies make 100% recycling a reality?